Memphis (Tenn.) Trezevant three-star defensive end TiJaun Mason considers himself on board with Rutgers after he landed back home from a weekend official visit.
Mason's visit ended Sunday morning with a breakfast at head coach Chris Ash's home.
“I'm committed,” Mason said. “It feels like home. I had a great bond with the players and the coaches, and they're good people.”
Mason is a former Purdue pledge that re-opened his recruitment after a coaching change. He narrowed his list to Rutgers and Toledo at the end of 2016 with the Scarlet Knights as a leader. The most important part of Mason's visit was the opportunity to meet Ash for the first time.
“He's great,” Mason said. “He was real open. He was honest about everything. He told me how it was going to be there. If I came to work and worked hard, I could play early. If I go there and don't (work hard), I won't.”
Comfort will not be an issue for Tennessee's No. 1 defensive end. Not only does Rutgers have another former Tennessee star in quarterback Tylin Oden, but Mason has legitimate family on campus.
“I saw a lot [on my visit],” Mason said. “I knew a lot because my uncle goes to Rutgers. It made me a lot closer to him.”
Mason connected on his visit with defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins. He also spent time with defensive ends coach Shane Burnham and other members of the program.
“They were excited to see me,” he said. “They treated me like I was there best friend. Everybody knew me on campus. It was a surprise to me because I thought only the coaches knew me. But they watched the film and they really wanted me there.”
Mason visited Rutgers with his father. The pair hosts Ash Tuesday for an in-home visit that he expects to finalize the details needed for National Signing Day.